Welcome to Ochre Restaurant

Cairns dining at its best

Ochre Restaurant is the most highly awarded restaurant and catering company in Cairns.
Ochre Catering delivers quality functions throughout North Queensland for conferences, corporate events, weddings and special occasions around Cairns, Port Douglas and Palm Cove.

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Opening hours

Open 7 days – Closed Christmas Day

Lunch: 11.30am- 3.00pm
Bar Snacks 3.00pm – 5.30pm

Dinner: 5.30pm- 9.30pm

Can’t wait to see you all there!

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Christmas Menus available for group bookings for pre Christmas Parties

Please note we are closed on Christmas Day



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Outback Tasting Tours & Dinner Package

Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventures & Ochre Restaurant have combined to bring you a fantastic food and wine tasting adventure that finishes with a delicious dining experience at Ochre Restaurant.



Dining at Ochre Restaurant is like a virtual tour through the culinary delights of Australia. With a dedication to local produce and experience like no other in crafting native foraged ingredients into modern exciting cuisine, Ochre Restaurant offers a range of exquisite dishes, specialising in sustainable Australian regional produce, for tourists and locals alike.



Ochre Catering has a clear focus on providing the best concept catering in North Queensland, with some amazing themed events and functions under our belt, we are looking forward to assisting event planners in creating a unique event that will provide delegates and participants with a truly memorable experience.



Ochre Restaurant and Catering  has extensive experience in providing quality wedding catering and wedding planning services, our attention to detail is faultless, service friendly and professional, and assistance in planning your special day practical and efficient. We cater to an average of 40 weddings per year.




The Boss

Since opening Ochre in 1994, owner, director and chef Craig Squire has been dedicated to creating the ultimate Modern Australia food experience – from opening his first restaurant at just 21 years of age, with a loan from his uncle, to an international restaurant consultant in demand across the globe.

Craig loves the new location and looks forward to welcoming you.



General Manager

General Manager Carley leads by example, dedicated and hard working she is constantly striving for the best in service and guest experience.

Contact her for your wedding and restaurant enquiries.



Head Chef

Passionate and creative, Luis loves his food nearly as much as his daughter. A great leader for our tight kitchen team Luis started in 2005 as a young cook after completing his apprenticeship. A few years off for travel he came back with a commitment to leading and training. Proud of his Chilean heritage but very much an Aussie, Pity his footy team (Carlton) are so hopeless.


Waterfront dining @ Harbour Lights

In July 2016, after 22 years in Shields St, Ochre has moved to a brand new custom-built restaurant located along the Harbour Lights boardwalk.

Owner Craig Squire, his family, friends and staff are very excited to be settled in this prime location, the best spot in Cairns for quality restaurant dining.

Seating 70 guests inside in air-conditioned comfort and 90 outside under the covered terrace, these areas are available for group bookings including exclusive use for corporate and private functions. Ochre can also cater to the Harbour Lights Catalina Room, completely private and suitable for up to 60 guests.

Sweeping views of the inlet, mountains beyond and the bustle of the reef fleet create a backdrop fitting for Ochre’s exciting Australian cuisine, which continues to feature the best local produce.

Craft beer on tap, extensive well-researched wine list featuring over 50 wines by the glass and the largest selection of Australian spirits in the region, Ochre’s comfortable lounge bar is a great spot to eat and drink

Ochre’s chefs are working with the regions best producers to bring you fresh and healthy dishes, including dry aged Tablelands beef, selected seafood and market produce married with the distinctive native flavours that are now the must haves of the worlds best chefs.

Some of their most famous dishes include Salt and Pepper Prawn and Crocodile, Grilled Kangaroo with Quandong Chilli Glaze, Wattleseed Pavlova and their Australian Antipasto Plate – the latter of which is a great meal to start giving diners a delicious insight into the country’s cuisine. The menu is an excellent read for any visitor and delivers on taste and value-for-money. Be sure to leave room for dessert which the Lonely Planet Guide urges its readers to try with the quote “desserts worth moving to Cairns for”.

This dedication to quality Australian dining translates to tourism with a range of menus to suit all markets from student tutorials to luxury degustation menus with matching wines, available for both group tours and individuals.

Our experience in large groups and catering will guarantee timely food service and a memorable dining experience for all group bookings.